Joshporksandwich's TOP 5 Zoanthids: Vote on your TOP 5 as well!

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What's your favorite 5 zoas from this list?

  • Baby Dolls

    Votes: 6 1.9%
  • Bam Bam

    Votes: 62 20.0%
  • Black Rainbow

    Votes: 18 5.8%
  • Bowsers

    Votes: 52 16.8%
  • Bozos Bday

    Votes: 5 1.6%
  • ButtKissers

    Votes: 27 8.7%
  • Captain Jack

    Votes: 8 2.6%
  • Exosphere

    Votes: 36 11.6%
  • Goblin's Fire

    Votes: 46 14.8%
  • Grand Master Krak

    Votes: 97 31.3%
  • Hallucinations

    Votes: 63 20.3%
  • Hypoestes

    Votes: 2 0.6%
  • King Midas

    Votes: 49 15.8%
  • Mango Coolers

    Votes: 12 3.9%
  • Oompa Loompa

    Votes: 50 16.1%
  • Purple Hornet

    Votes: 49 15.8%
  • Purple Monster

    Votes: 35 11.3%
  • Purple People Eaters

    Votes: 37 11.9%
  • Rasta

    Votes: 145 46.8%
  • Reverse Hallucinations

    Votes: 13 4.2%
  • RR Pink Diamonds

    Votes: 39 12.6%
  • Salted Agave

    Votes: 53 17.1%
  • Space Daisies

    Votes: 8 2.6%
  • Utter Chaos

    Votes: 154 49.7%
  • Valentines Day Massacres

    Votes: 24 7.7%
  • Other (tell us in the thread)

    Votes: 46 14.8%

  • Total voters
    310

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Let's get real....

I could take Aiptasia... put it in a photography light black box and take pics of it with a $4k Canon DSLR with a Macro lens.... and you'd be willing to buy the Aiptasia on a frag disc for $29

Ooooooooooooooh. Aiptasia
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If you find a buyer, let me know
 

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I like them all. I just wish they would stop with the "custom" names. Call them what the accepted name in the trade is and be done.

There's no authority that oversees the naming of this stuff so you end up with strains being rebranded or mislabeled sometimes intentionally, sometimes not. Even in the zoa forum with people that know what they're looking at there's often disagreement. So, there's not always consensus on 'what is' or 'what isn't'. The best way to handle this is to look for distinguishing characteristics that are not prone to changing if the polyp morphs (or if it does it does so in a consistent way). Even then recognition of a strain is contingent on the name gaining traction in the community as a whole. Obviously the larger online vendors have a lot of sway here since they often post the first pics we see of new strains (whether its on their site or social media).

Then you have any number of zoas that all share similar characteristics that consistently vary. As someone who's been looking at zoas for the last 25 years the best way to handle naming is to put all of these similar ones in buckets. In that way probably 70% of the Zoa ID requests on the forum can going into: blueberry fields(pie), fire and ice, bam bams, laser lemons, blow pops, watermelon, creamsicles, greenbay packers, dragon eyes etc. People should be comfortable with buckets (morphs) simply because we don't need a name for every variation of Greenbay Packers.

The biggest issues with zoas is the mentality everything has to be 'something.' Too often I see names applied to stuff incorrectly only because someone is really stretching looking for an ID. The collecting is one of the best parts of zoas also its bane. It's A-OK for something to be an unnamed wild strain. It shouldn't diminish the specimen in anyway.
 

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There's no authority that oversees the naming of this stuff so you end up with strains being rebranded or mislabeled sometimes intentionally, sometimes not. Even in the zoa forum with people that know what they're looking at there's often disagreement. So, there's not always consensus on 'what is' or 'what isn't'. The best way to handle this is to look for distinguishing characteristics that are not prone to changing if the polyp morphs (or if it does it does so in a consistent way). Even then recognition of a strain is contingent on the name gaining traction in the community as a whole. Obviously the larger online vendors have a lot of sway here since they often post the first pics we see of new strains (whether its on their site or social media).

Then you have any number of zoas that all share similar characteristics that consistently vary. As someone who's been looking at zoas for the last 25 years the best way to handle naming is to put all of these similar ones in buckets. In that way probably 70% of the Zoa ID requests on the forum can going into: blueberry fields(pie), fire and ice, bam bams, laser lemons, blow pops, watermelon, creamsicles, greenbay packers, dragon eyes etc. People should be comfortable with buckets (morphs) simply because we don't need a name for every variation of Greenbay Packers.

The biggest issues with zoas is the mentality everything has to be 'something.' Too often I see names applied to stuff incorrectly only because someone is really stretching looking for an ID. The collecting is one of the best parts of zoas also its bane. It's A-OK for something to be an unnamed wild strain. It shouldn't diminish the specimen in anyway.
Which is why I dont go by the names I just buy what I like that is "pretty"
 

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I almost spent $250 at my LFS for a single Polyp.
Kamikaze Zoanthid:
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Instead I bought Galaxy Zoanthids because I resonated with the Space vibes and it was the only one with 2 Polyps on a plug with every plug going for $150 with a single polyp.
Galaxy Zoanthid:
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Now I know why beauty and the beast has become so popular lately and it sbecause of Josh! ! It used to be one of my favorites as well. I thought I had lost my beauty and the beast because they werent opening for a while and so of course after I rebought them from the same lfs the old ones opened! They looks so different now. The tank I had them in I noopsyche lights. I always loved the lights but I dont know if I do anymore! LOL. I dont get what happened to darken them so much! The pink barely looks pink! Thats the only zoa or coral I noticed change that drastically!

My new fave is speckled kraks and I cant find mine:( I cant remember if I moved them a long with some others into another tank because I am having a gha issue and it was starting to grow on my corals. I have one group of zoas not opening and can tell they are pink so I am praying its them and they will reopen! They are so bright its crazy and the polyps are huge!

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How much of your saltwater reef tank is automated?

  • Nothing is automated

    Votes: 65 13.6%
  • 25% or so

    Votes: 149 31.2%
  • 50% or so

    Votes: 107 22.4%
  • 75% or so

    Votes: 104 21.8%
  • Close to 100%

    Votes: 49 10.3%
  • Totally Automated (we need proof)

    Votes: 3 0.6%
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